West Coast Wilderness Lodge was built at the crossroads of four major waterways: Sechelt Inlet, Jervis Inlet, Hotham Sound and Agamemnon Channel. Each has thousands of islands, bays and coves for visitors to explore.
Sechelt Inlet is our favourite kayaking destination here on the Sunshine Coast. A narrow inland sea, its forested slopes and historic fishing villages will give you a feel of what coastal B.C. was like in decades past.
This fjord has more than 350 kilometres of mostly uninhabited coastline to explore and so many hidden secrets that you could spend a lifetime discovering them.
The surrounding mountains and islands prevent strong winds from forming large waves in our area, unlike along the outer coastline. It is the perfect place to develop your kayaking skills. Still, afternoon winds can strengthen against the currents so if you are uncertain or have never paddled before, you should take a guide.
All kayak rentals include kayak, paddle, pfd, throw bag and flotation device.
In order to rent our kayaks and equipment, one of our guides will assess your level of ability. When renting equipment, a trip itinerary must always be provided. For overnight or multi-day kayak rentals please inquire for availability.
GUIDED KAYAK TOURS:
Two-hour Inlets Kayak Trip
Sit back, relax and explore one of the most beautiful places in the world while kayaking the protected waters of Sechelt Inlet. Our guides design each trip differently to suit the tides and your abilities.
Explore the Sutton Islands chain right in front of the Lodge. Depending on the tide, we will head past a fish processing plant and government wharf lined with old-timers’ fishing boats into Egmont’s “downtown” to learn about its history and geography, or kayak west past eagles’ nests and colonies of sea stars.
One of our most popular destinations is the seal colony directly in front of our lodge. The colony of friendly seals love basking in the sun all day long. As you get closer and closer to the rock where the seals hang out, these curious creatures will slip into the water for a better view of you! It is not uncommon for half of the pack to escort the tour back to the Lodge dock.
This is one of our most popular guided kayaking expeditions.
Twilight Kayak Trip
Catch the last glow of sunset, as you venture out to kayak under the moon and stars for a truly magical experience. Observe the serene, black silk waters, with your friends and family keeping an eye out for marine life or a sudden sparkle of phosphorescence.
Please note our tour is focused around sunset, phosphorescence viewing is not guaranteed.
Please call to confirm availability in advance.
Hotham Sound Kayak Tour
Suitable for all levels of kayaking, whether it’s your first time or you’re an experienced veteran. The Sunshine Coast’s Hotham Sound is the perfect place to get your paddles wet.
The tour starts right after breakfast at the Lodge. You and your guide will be ferried on a short, scenic boat cruise across Jervis Inlet to Hotham Sound. Here you will explore not only one of the deepest waterways on the BC coast but one of its warmest.
Once into Hotham Sound, you will slip into your kayak and paddle to Freil Falls, which at 1400 feet tall, is considered to be the longest free-standing waterfall between here and Alaska. Depending upon the time of year and the amount of recent rainfall, the sound of the falls has been compared to thunder; don’t be surprised if you can hear it from a mile away.
After paddling, you may want to take advantage of the excellent water conditions to go swimming or diving for oysters! More than likely you will have worked up an appetite, so let the guide take you to one of their favorite spots.
After a little break and a bite to eat from our gourmet snack we will have prepared, hop back in your kayak and paddle to the head of the Sound to be picked up and taken back to the resort. Just before you depart, don’t forget to take a picture.